The James Beard Foundation has released its 2017 America's Classics award recipients, five restaurants that will be honoured at this year’s James Beard Awards for their “quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.”
The James Beard Awards for 2017 will take place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, May 1st, where each of five winners will be honoured.
In a press release, the foundation said: “The America's Classics award is given to restaurants that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community.”
Over 100 restaurants have been honoured since the special award was created in 1998. To qualify, restaurants must have been open for at least 10 years and must be ‘locally owned.’
The James Beard Foundation America's Classics Winner for 2017.
Bertha's Kitchen - 2332 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston
Owners: Julia Grant, Linda Pinckney and Sharon Coakley
Gioia's Deli - 1934 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis
Owner: Alex Donley
La Taqueria - 2889 Mission Street, San Francisco
Owner: Miguel Jara
Sahadi's - 187 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Owners: Christina Sahadi Whelan and Ron Sahadi
Schultz's Crab House - 1732 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex
Owners: Karen and Bob McKinney